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Illegal Jewish Settlers Hunker Down for Fight in West Bank OutpostMaayan Lubell - Forward - On a hilltop in the occupied West Bank, Israeli teenagers are hammering stakes into the earth and erecting tent frames, preparing the ground for a confrontation with Israeli security forces. The devoutly religious young men see themselves as a last line of defense for Amona, a collection of pre-fabricated homes perched in the highlands of the West Bank.-rh 30/11/2016
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Israel Plots Largest Settlement Expansion in Occupied Syrian Golan since 1980 IMEMC - "The Israeli Finance Ministry approved plans to build 1,600 additional settlement units in Katzrin in October. About 8,000 settlers live in Katzrin atop the destroyed Syrian villages of Qasrin, Shqef and Sanawber. It is the largest settlement in the occupied Syrian Golan." - id 30/11/2016
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Bitan proposes voting on two versions of Regulation BillMoran Azulay - Ynet - "Coalition Chairman MK David Bitan (Likud) proposed Tuesday evening a compromise on the "Regulation Bill" that would allow Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) to support it in its first reading, following the latter`s opposition to a section that retroactively legalizes the Amona outpost." - id 30/11/2016
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Settler University at Ariel uses false pretenses in inviting foreign scholarsGush Shalom - In invitations to an international academic conference, the settler university at Ariel referred to its location as "Ariel, Israel". Gush Shalom sent letters to the foreign participants - mainly from Poland and Ukraine - informing them that the University of Ariel is not located in Israel but is a settlement enclave in the occupied West Bank. One of the intended participants - from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland - informed Gush Shalom that she had cancelled her participation and asked the Ariel University to remove her name from the program. [ak] 29/11/2016
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Hebron resists settler occupation of schoolyardAIC - The City of Hebron files complaint with Israeli authorities against a large tent settlers erected on Ibrahimi School’s yard [ry] 28/11/2016
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Even Israel says this Jewish settlement is illegal. Now comes the showdown.William Booth - The Washington Post - It is also going to be a real test for Netanyahu, who was elected with help from the Jewish settlers but who also fears international censure over allegations of a bold land grab. Most of the world considers all the Jewish settlements in the West Bank to be illegal, not just those built on Palestinian private property. The United States calls these communities “illegitimate” and “an obstacle to peace.” Israel disputes that.-rh24/11/2016
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Israeli settlers attack Palestinian house in Hebron with Molotov cocktails WAFA - Settlers from the Israeli settlement of Beit Yatir, built illegally on Palestinian-owned land, attacked the home of Mohammed Abu Qbaita, with Molotov cocktails, setting fire to the house. [bz]22/11/2016
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Knesset advances bill to legalize vigilante confiscation of Palestinian landAIC - A bill to retroactively legalize Israeli settlements advances in the Knesset. Israeli defense minister begs: wait for Donald Trump presidency [ry] 21/11/2016
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Palestinian Leadership to Approach UN Security Council over New Israeli LawsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina warned of the danger of Israel’s latest procedures of establishing legislation outposts and preventing prayer call through mosque loudspeakers, which is said will drag the region into a disaster" [ry] 14/11/2016
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Settlements Aren’t an Obstacle to Peace says Top Trump AdvisorIEMEMC - "Jason Greenblatt, prospective advisor to Donald Trump on Israel, emboldens Israeli hopes of annexing the West Bank... Greenblatt is a real estate attorney from Teaneck, New Jersey, who worked for Trump for the last 19 years on business matters, exclusively.In an interview with the Jewish Telegraph Agency, Greenblatt admitted that he hasn’t met any Palestinians since he was a yeshiva student in the mid-1980s at Yeshivat Har Etzion – located in a West Bank settlement. He attests he “interacted” there with Palestinian laborers, gardeners and shopkeepers. He also did occasional armed guard duty for the settlement." ca 11/11/2016
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A Second Unauthorized Settlement Outpost Sprouts in Northern Jordan Valley Amira Hass - Haaretz - About two months ago, a group of Israelis built a hut in the Megamat Netzah area and then left. But according to residents of the area and members of the Jewish-Arab Ta’ayush organization, on the night between Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the Israelis returned, cleared land and began new construction activity. A spokeswoman for the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories confirmed that the construction was illegal and had been carried out without the authorities’ approval.-rh10/11/2016
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EU denounces expansion of Gilo settlementPNN - Palestine News Network - "...this contributes to closing the southern settlement ring around East Jerusalem, thereby compromising contiguity between East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which is crucial for the viability of the two-state solution." - id 9/11/2016
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Settlers steal the harvest of 400 olive trees near Nablus Ma’an - For several daysy, Israeli authorities forbade inhabitants of the Nablus area village of Deir Sharaf to enter their agricultural lands. When they finally were let in, more than 30 Palestinian families found that Israeli settlers - probably from the nearby Israeli settlement of Shavi Shamron - had already picked the olives from their trees. [ak]8/11/2016
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Settlers attack, injure Palestinians harvesting olivesAhmad Jaradat - AIC - The Abu Fikhaida family ventures out to their farmland to harvest olives and Israeli settlers exact violence [ry] 7/11/2016
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Extremist settlers reap profits from occupied Jerusalem sitesCharlotte Silver - EI - The report of Israel’s state comptroller says the Israel Antiquities Authority has not supervised Elad’s archaeological work, nor has the Israel Nature and Parks Authority supervised Elad’s management of the so-called City of David, a settlement containing an archaeological museum catering to tourists. The City of David settlement is located in the middle of the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, and Elad asserts it is the ancient biblical City of King David mentioned in the second book of Samuel. Emek Shaveh, an alternative archaeology group that opposes Israel’s use of archaeology as a political tool to assert claims to East Jerusalem, says the report confirms many of the issues the group has been protesting for years. [bz]5/11/2016
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